Pre-game Brief: Tampa Bay Lightning Vs Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 7

Mark Giordano of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Game 7 of the best of 7 series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning will come down to pure will and determination between two of the best teams in the NHL.

The Leafs have an abundance of skill, speed and grit but their focus and resiliency will dictate game 7.

The time is now for the leafs to wrap up this series and put to bed all the naysayers in the Toronto antiquity media, and move on to the next round of the NHL playoffs.

Look for a strong performance by Mitch “The Wizard” Marner and the three bulls on the Leafs team. Auston Matthews, Jake Muzzin and Mark Giordano.

Starting Lineups

Maple Leafs projected lineup

Michael Bunting — Auston Matthews — Mitch Marner

William Nylander — John Tavares — Ondrej Kase

Ilya Mikheyev — David Kampf — Alexander Kerfoot

Pierre Engvall — Colin Blackwell — Jason Spezza

Morgan Rielly — Ilya Lyubushkin

Mark Giordano — Justin Holl

Jake Muzzin — TJ Brodie

Jack Campbell

Erik Kallgren

Scratched: Wayne Simmonds, Timothy Liljegren, Nicholas Abruzzese, Kyle Clifford, Joey Anderson

Injured: Rasmus Sandin (knee), Petr Mrazek (groin)

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat — Steven Stamkos — Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn — Anthony Cirelli — Brayden Point

Brandon Hagel — Ross Colton — Nicholas Paul

Pat Maroon — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Corey Perry

Victor Hedman — Erik Cernak

Ryan McDonagh — Zach Bogosian

Mikhail Sergachev — Cal Foote

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Riley Nash, Jan Rutta

Injured: None


Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews said;

“We have a great opportunity on home ice, Game 7 to win or go home and we should be excited about that opportunity,”

“We’ve got to be ready to go out there and take it.”


This is a different Leafs team, you will see it in their demeanor tonight. You could see in their eyes at the end of game 6, after they lost in overtime. This team is not scared.  Focus and determination will help them to win game 7.

Then look out!!

Leafs Win 4-2

Referee’s let them be.  Let these two amazing teams play their game and keep out of their way! Please!

Stay tune for a great game 7, enjoy!

And don’t be afraid, karma and sherwill is on our side.

Let’s Go Leafs!

E. Sentry Sorgini reporting for GTA Weekly News

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